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County closed for Christmas instead of getting COVID vaccine



The Texas Tribune reported that officials in Williamson County, Texas received 900 doses of the Moderna vaccine for first responders on Wednesday, but decided to close it before Christmas without administering it.

Williamson County Judge Bill Greywell slammed county public health officials on Friday, saying they should get hundreds of vaccines immediately instead of shutting down on Friday.

These vaccines are for firefighters, people who provide burial or death services, and school nurses.

County officials plan to administer the vaccine early on Saturday morning. They tried to say that the vaccine arrived earlier than the scheduled time, and worried that it would cause confusion if they were vaccinated immediately.

“My answer is simple: wash the dishes,”

; Gravell told KXAN on Friday. “Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is ready to launch the vaccine within an hour. St. Davis is ready to launch it within an hour.”

“We sit in a place that might be a Christmas miracle.”

Williamson County recorded 200 coronavirus-related deaths on December 24.


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